[Space] 2022.07.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
J-CanSat is a picosatellite STEM kit created to promote access to space technologies to students, researchers, and space enthusiasts. Kits range from $170-$323. Closing date: July 13, 2022. [Forward]
Design a 3D model of a wind tunnel test section that can increase the effectiveness of a transonic wind tunnel facility. $7000 in total prizes. Closes July 18, 2022. [Forward]
Create assets and scenarios for the new Mars XR Operations Support System (XOSS) environment, using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5. $70,000 in total prizes. Close date: July 26, 2022. [Forward]
The Society presents several awards and prizes to support scientists in astronomy and geophysics. Anyone can submit a nomination. Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2022. [Forward]
Four teams will be awarded $5,000 to build their data recovery prototypes and conduct a test drop of their system in New Mexico in 2023. Deadline: September 15, 2022. [Forward]
Invest in a NanoSat constellation that takes 3D wind measurements to provide accurate weather/early hurricane forecasts. US investors: $100 minimum. CAD, UK investors: $250 minimum. Closes September 30, 2022. [Forward]
Becoming Off-Wordly is a community of future astronaut hopefuls preparing their paths to spaceflight through guidance and networking. $5-$10/month or $100/year. [Forward]
Launch to space on the New Shepard rocket. Flights are 11 minutes, and passengers pass the Kármán Line reaching 3x the speed of sound. [Forward]
Virgin Galactic is taking reservations for suborbital flights ($450,000 total ticket price, $150,000 deposit). They expect to begin commercial human suborbital missions before the end of 2022. [Forward]
Book your six-hour voyage on Spaceship Neptune now for 2025 and see Earth from space. Book an individual seat or a full 8 person capsule. $125,000 per space explorer. [Forward]
XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling climate change and advancing space exploration. Teams will create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans. [Forward]
Upcoming Events
NASA will release the James Webb Space Telescope’s first full-color images during a televised broadcast and related events. July 12, 2022 10:30 a.m. EDT. [Forward]
NASA scientist Naomi Rowe-Gurney will explore the big science questions the Webb telescope could answer in this online event. Pay what you can. July 12, 2022. [Forward]
Global leaders in Air and Space Power will discuss retaining operational advantage. Virtual and in-person tickets: £150+VAT to £799+VAT. IET, Savoy Place, London, England. July 13-14, 2022. [Forward]
COSPAR’s mission is to assemble a worldwide community of scientists who are dedicated to international cooperation in space research. Athens, Greece. July 16-24, 2022. [Forward]
Global space business leaders will discuss new value creation by the commercial space industry. Online or in-person. Tickets range from 3000 JPY to 18,000 JPY. July 19-21, 2022. [Forward]
Online event will discuss how to make (and consume) alcohol on orbit or in deep space flight. Free registration until July 20. Same day tickets: $15 - $30. July 21, 2022. [Forward]
Explore how you can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) to maximize your R&D goals. In-person conference. Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. July 25-28, 2022. [Forward]
Learn how small satellite missions can become transformational scientific discovery tools beyond low Earth orbit. Keynote: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck. Location: Utah State University. Tickets: $300-$800. August 6-11, 2022. [Forward]
Observational astronomers, theorists, and experimentalists will shed light on the lifecycle of cosmic PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.) Aarhus University, Denmark. Early-bird registration closes July 1. September 5-9, 2022. [Forward]
Online or in-person registration options are available. In-person grants access to the summit in Paris, including all official social events. Online: €540. In-person: €2,100 - €3,480. September 12-16, 2022. [Forward]
Event includes plenary talks, panel discussions, public debates, and a Saturday evening banquet (additional cost). Hybrid event at Arizona State University. Tickets: $85-$300. October 20-23, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Epsilon3, co-founded by former SpaceX engineer Laura Crabtree, provides web-based collaboration tools for spacecraft manufacturing and operations. Lux Capital led the Series A round, with participation from Y Combinator. [Forward]
Image Credit: Impulse Space
Tom Mueller, one of the founding employees of SpaceX, established Impulse Space in September 2021 to develop in-space transportation systems. The funding came from venture fund Lux Capital. [Forward]
Speedcast currently has 30 Gbps of bandwidth to serve cruise and energy markets, with another 12 Gbps expected in September. Speedcast is also a distribution partner for OneWeb’s LEO network. [Forward]
Rocket Lab will provide SolAero’s space solar cell technology, the Z4J quadruple junction solar cell, for the upcoming GLIDE spacecraft. SolAero is Rocket Lab’s newest subsidiary. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
NASA declared the “wet dress rehearsal” (WDR) complete despite a hydrogen leak issue. The demonstration mission to the moon could launch as soon as late August. [Forward]
NASA anticipates that a successful $30m mission will provide operational experience in the near-rectilinear Halo moon orbit planned for the lunar Gateway space station. [Forward]
NASA is struggling to cram an ambitious exploration plan into a finite budget, resulting in a slow-moving lunar program that fails to deliver on US National Space Policy goals. [Forward]
NASA JPL was several months late delivering guidance software for the Psyche mission. Psyche has two launch opportunities in 2023 for a 2029-2030 arrival. [Forward]
Former astronaut/Sierra Space president Janet Kavandi will lead the program, which is another step toward developing a crewed version of its Dream Chaser vehicle and a commercial space station. [Forward]
Although high speed particle collisions make interstellar travel difficult, shielding solutions exist and ultimately it does not provide a clear explanation for the Fermi paradox. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Covering 86% of the Red Planet's surface, the multicolored 5.6-gigapixel map reveals the distribution of dozens of key minerals, which scientists can use to better understand Mars' watery past. [Forward]
UC Berkeley SETI researcher Dan Werthimer says the signals from the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) are from human-generated radio frequency interference (RFI), rather than another civilization. [Forward]